Scouts have been watching Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo closely during his last few starts as his name continues to be in the midst of trade speculation.
He is 8-8 with a 4.58 ERA this year with a contract that runs through next season. He could be a nice addition to a team looking to solidify its rotation for the rest of the season.
The Brewers already traded Francisco Rodriquez, who had been their closer, to the Orioles on Tuesday, but Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin has still resisted the idea that they are "sellers."
"Teams have called, but I'm not shopping [Gallardo]," Melvin said. "You never say never, because I've been fooled by that before, but he's not somebody I'm motivated to move."
When Gallardo takes the mound against the Padres on Thursday, it will be his next-to-last scheduled start before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has the task of trying to keep his team from being distracted from swirling trade rumors.
"It's a very anxious time for them," he said. "They read the rumors, and for them, especially certain guys that think they may have a chance to be traded, it's an uncomfortable time for them.
The Padres are 3-3 in the midst of a 10-game road trip. They will send starter Edinson Volquez to the mound. He enters the game with a record of 7-8 and an ERA of 5.73.
He won his last start, Saturday against the Cardinals, after allowing three runs in five innings while reaching 107 pitches.
"I battled," he said. "I just stayed in there and competed."
But Volquez's best start of the season arguably came against the Brewers, when he tossed seven scoreless innings against them at Petco Park on April 24. It remains his only scoreless outing this season.
Padres: Blanks likely to stay on DL
Kyle Blanks will almost certainly not come off the 15-day disabled list Saturday, when he is first eligible.
The Achilles' tendinitis in his left heel has not fully healed, and Blanks is being cautious so that he does not re-aggravate the injury by returning too soon. Blanks has been able to take part in some drills but not completely without pain.
"It's starting to feel a little better," Blanks said. "But for me, it needs to feel good. Time [off] helps, but there's that time-sensitive nature of missing time. When it first happened, I didn't think much of it. But then it got pretty bad. I want to make sure I'm ready to return."
He will likely need a Minor League rehab stint before returning.
Brewers: Figaro returns from DL
The Brewers activated reliever Alfredo Figaro on Wednesday after a month-long stay on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.
He made just one rehab start and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings with rookie-level Arizona before taking the roster spot for Rodriquez.
"I'm ready whenever they need me; I'm ready," Figaro said.
• The two teams have split the first six games of the season series and will play the seventh and final game Thursday.
• The Padres will be going for a series victory Thursday, and they have not won a road series since taking both games against the Orioles in Baltimore on May 14-15.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.